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Volume 19 | October 14, 2021
ECAO NEWS
Save the Date!
ECAO 2022 Annual General Meeting
More details coming soon!
Congratulations to ECAO Member, Alltrade Industrial, on completing 10 incredible years of service!
As a valued member of ECAO, we are looking for some input on making our website even better in 2022! To help us improve, we are asking you a few questions about your experience so far using our ECAO Website.
 
It is completely anonymous, takes just a moment and in return, you will be entered to win a GIFT CARD!
 
We appreciate your time!
ECAO WEBINARS
Awad Hanna Educational Seminars
Dr. Awad Hanna is back again, in person, to deliver 3 high-impact educational seminars in November. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the sessions will be limited to 10 people per session. All attendees will be required to show their valid COVID 19 vaccination status upon arrival at our office.
 
The three-session registrations are attached for your completion and return to the undersigned. The sessions are as follows: 
  • Basic Principles and Practices of Project Construction Estimating- Wednesday, November 17, 2021
  • Managing Field Productivity to Improve the Bottom Line-Thursday November 18, 2021
  • Building the Foreman of Tomorrow- Friday, November 19, 2021
 
All seminars will begin at 8:30 am and run until 3:30 pm. The registration fee covers a working breakfast and lunch along with a parking pass. If you are interested in registering, contact Cathy Frederickson at cfrederickson@ecao.org.
Get Used to Different! Reinvent Your Electrical Contracting Business Post Pandemic with Jim Mathis
ECAO is sponsoring a complimentary webinar on Tuesday, November 23 at 10:00 am via Zoom.

Jim’s theme for the webinar is: Get Used to DifferentAttendees interact with each other in an entertaining, thought-provoking dialogue about what to do following the program to make changes in their business models, sales and customer/buyer touchpoints. It is highly interactive and different

Key Outcomes:
  • Alleviate practices and policies that have become your “dinosaurs.”
  • Design a plan that builds leadership within your organization for years to come.
  • Learn from the current trends that your clients value most in your contracting services.
  • Develop a plan to get closer to client needs and bring in more business.
  • Discover ways to add value to your clients and your employees as well.

INDUSTRY NEWS
WSIB AGM
The WSIB held its annual general meeting virtually on the morning of October 6, 2021. Here are the highlights:
 
The G-6 Class Rate (Non-residential building Construction) has been set at $1.79, a reduction of 51 cents from the current rate of $2.30. This reduction will save ICI contractors approximately $9.2 million in 2022.

  • The BIG news was delivered by Chair Elizabeth Witmer that the average employer premium rate for 2022 will be $1.30, a decrease of 5.1% from the 2021 average premium rate of $1.37. Chair Witmer also noted that this is the fifth decrease in the average premium rate in the last six years and that the average employer premium rate has been cut in half since 2016 

  • After being put on hold in 2021 because of the pandemic, the transition to the new rate framework will be restarted in 2022 
Electro|POD Podcast Series – New Episode!
Electric Shock – Working Energized is a Safety Matter. More often than not, electrical installers are working energized. This podcast investigates some of the influences an Electrician, contractor or apprentice may have on their safety decision. Listen to this podcast with EFC’s Gurvinder Chopra and Daniela De Marco who interview Robert Mitchell, Safety and Technical Program Advisor at Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) & Kaylyn Kretschmer, Leader for Market Insights & Engagement at Technical Safety BC, on their working energized research studies which were conducted separately, years apart, with different methodologies to, interestingly, find that the results presented strong similarities.


UPCOMING WEBINARS & EVENTS
Understanding Your WSIB Premium Rates
Call to Action: Join IHSA as we begin our journey to address workplace mental health
Join Kathy Martin, Mental Health and Wellness Specialist with IHSA, as she addresses workplace mental health. This no-charge on-demand webinar covers mental health reminders, factors at play, what you can do next and how IHSA can help including ready-to-use Safety Talks.

The webinar is 21 minutes in duration and includes a certificate of attendance (sent within 48 hrs).

To access this on-demand webinar Click Here
MEMBER BENEFITS
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